Chris Story

On Top of The World

Forest for the TREES…

The forest for the trees.

How well you see what is right there in front of you …might be determined by what you want to see.

Henry David Thorough said it’s not what you look at that matters…It’s what you see.

So, as you look at your life, where you are; what you have and who you’ve become?  What do you see?

Now…look into tomorrow…and the next day.  What will your future hold?

What you see in the future is exactly what you want to see.  When my grandpa was teaching me how to drive, he said the car will go where you look.

Where are you looking……and what do you see?

YOUR story is still being written, what is your next chapter about?

Look at the life you want…….now what do you see?

You’ll see yourself..on top of the world.  

Mistakes make perfect…

Mistakes make perfect.

Go on…raise your hand in class.  Take a wild guess.

Be willing to be wrong…at some point you’ll be more right than wrong.

Making mistakes makes perfect.  That’s why it’s called practice.

Jim Rhon asked how long would you give your average baby to learn to walk…

As long as it takes right? 

You don’t say after the fourth attempt, “That’s it kid!  You crawl from now on.”

Let go of the fear of mistakes, grab on to the next rung on the ladder of your life.

YOU will fail.  YOU might fall.

The only way to win the race is to be in it.

Mistakes make perfect!  

mistakes make perfect

Be Different…Like Everyone Else!

Do you want to be unique… you can fit in?


Do you want to stand out as an original…Like everyone else?

Are you a maverick paving your own way on a very crowded freeway?

To want to be part of a community and yet retain some sense of YOU…the individual that is unique and special is totally normal.

So how can you fit in the mold of society and yet be you?  The YOU that is unlike any other?

Use your sixth sense.  You have it…you know when you are on purpose…your purpose.  You just know.

But how can you be sure?  Isn’t it enough to know?  Let your sixth sense guide you.  Rarely will it be wrong or off course.

Be YOU…and you will be living on top of the world.

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Lazy Sunday = Joy!

Are you in a Hurry?

A hurry to get where YOU are going.  Always on the move….can’t stay here….got to get there.

Lao Tzu reminds you….nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.

You want to have a timeline and a deadline……that doesn’t mean that it has to be light speed.

Know where you’re going…AND enjoy the ride.

And YOU Will be On Top of the World!you are sitting on top of the world

Mile wide…Inch Deep?

A mile wide and an inch deep…… that how you feel some days?

So many of us do.  We have options galore, more discretionary time and money than ever before in history.

Robert Collier wrote about the “magic secret”…Having one intense desire.

Focusing your energy on one desire versus many wishes.

ON a sunny day, you can waive a magnifying glass back and forth for hours and nothing will happen.

Focus the glass in the sun for less than a minute and you can start a fire.

It’s neither magic or a secret, and perhaps that’s the real secret.

Zig Ziglar warned of becoming a wondering generality, rather Zig’s say’s you ought to be a meaningful specific.

May you always be…On Top of the World!

If you Couldn’t Fail…

What would you do if you knew…really knew you couldn’t fail?

Consider the founding of the United states, there was no certainty of victory.  Seems obvious now as I sip on my tall non fat skinny latte. “Of course America would prevail and we would be free….”

Right now…in this moment, what would you do if you could be guaranteed 100% success

Think about the founding fathers pledging their very lives on the unlikely event of defeating king George; and yet here you are on the other side of History reaping the benefits of their faith.

The adventure is not better in knowing, but  in having faith.

America is better off when you try and fail than having never tried.  Imagine John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson saying “sure we could try…but what if we fail?”

America is at the Brink of getting too comfortable; stretch…go out there and fail……fail again and get up and keep getting up until you succeed!

Long live the American Dream!

Curiosity = Success

When was the last time you asked… “How does this work?” Or… “how’d they do that?”

 Albert Einstein suggested that you should try to comprehend a little more each day.

Diane Sawyer said her success came from waking up each day curious about the world.

What are you curious about?  Question everything you think you know.  Curiosity never hurt anyone right?  Well perhaps a cat or two.

Get curious…….here is a place to start.

What are you capable of?  If your answer is “exactly what your doing right now” then remember what Einstein said, “Try to comprehend a little more each day.”

With curiosity what you are capable of tomorrow will surpass today.


Beware of Praise…

Beware of Praise…and Embrace Criticism!

Imagine you’re a world class athlete, you are on the hunt for a new coach.  Perhaps you need to improve your back swing, or you jump shot is shoddy.

As you interview coach candidates…the coach who merely lavishes you with praise and is glowing about your form (even though you know it’s off)…that coach ain’t getting the job.

In Criticism YOU’LL find Benefit!

Praise feels good and you may crave it; but too much praise and not enough criticism will lead you to failure.  

If you buy your own press, YOU’LL avoid IMPROVEMENT!  

Paul Harvey was right, they never have built a statue of a critic.  YOU however can use criticism to grow.  And YOU’LL be living On Top of the World.


Used to Bee’s

I heard Les Brown say…Used to be’s don’t make no honey!  That’s probably true.

But who you used to be…or what you used to do…can lead you to greatness.

You know that anything we call a revolutionary idea or invention…is really a combination of existing ideas or products.  YOU have many experiences in your life from which to draw on.  What you used to do……..could very well combine with what you now do…and lead you to massive success.  Look outside of your own field.  Draw on what has come before and look for ways to solve problems by combining ideas or experiences into one new creation.

YOU might just revolutionize your life……and those around you. 

Look behind you…to see where you are going!

…and YOU…will live…On Top of the World…I’m Chris Story